Stir-Fry Veggie Sambar for Chalks and Chopsticks

Home, Or Something Like ItThe Roommates liked to eat-- Indian food, exactly as mom had made it-- and that's why they decided it was time they learned how to cook. It was their first semester at grad school and they had more time than they could gossip, hang out, and study, in that order. They had … [Read more...]

Pongalo Pongal!


A very happy Pongal to the south Indian readers of Holy Cow! The word Pongal literally describes an overflowing, boiling pot of rice. Figuratively, it signifies prosperity and is a time to give thanks for everything you're blessed with-- an Indian Thanksgiving, so to say. And what better way to … [Read more...]

Thayir Sadam or Curd Rice


Some of you might wonder why curd-rice should merit a post of its own, but to understand that, to misquote Atticus Finch, you'd have to wear a South Indian's shoes and walk around in them. Curd, or yogurt, and more specifically curd-rice, is mighty important stuff to a South Indian. When my … [Read more...]

Cabbage Paruppu Usili and 10 (More) Honest Things About Me

Cabbage Paruppu Usili

If you're Tamil or if you have read this blog for any length of time, you know all about Paruppu Usili, the side dish that makes healthy eating both decadent and delicious. But if this is the first time you've heard about it, trust me, you're in for a treat. There's really no way you can go wrong … [Read more...]

Brown Rice Dosa

Brown Rice Dosa

Here's a recipe for the ultimate Brown Rice Dosa. Most South Indian cooks have a pot full of dosa batter sitting in their refrigerators which they can pull out at any time to make a quick and nutritious breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner. Dosas cook pretty quickly on the skillet so in no time at … [Read more...]

Rava Upma

Rava Upma

I've been writing this blog so long now that I sometimes just can't remember off-hand which recipes I've shared with you. Yesterday, as I made rava upma, one of my favorite breakfast -- and sometimes lunch-- options, I was a little stunned to realize that I had never gotten around to posting … [Read more...]